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A mixture of everything including POISON IVY.. Trail really WELL MARKED. Continuing along the creek with crossovers. Fun to see the fresh Buffalo tracks and droppings on the trail and where I might see him. I very much enjoyed walking along and looking down at different fragments of stone catching the morning sun. I met a fewfolks out later in the am, including a older guy ( guessing 70 ) from Rapid City out for a run on the trail with his dog. I’ve never gotten poison ivy before and as I was wearing shorts and low cut socks I really was wondering if my time had finally come as it really was unavoidable. Happy to report I didnt. I would like to take my dogs next time! August 12, 2018

on Cathedral Spires Trail

4 days ago

So beautiful!! Even the drive to get there is worth it.

hiking
5 days ago

The best part of lovers leap trail was the views from the top. Wow!!!! If you want to shorten your hike, when you get to the split go left. When you get to the viewpoint turn and go back. By going right you will see a cool stream, perfect for dipping your toes. We saw a deer in this portion. There is a lot of poison ivy on the stream side of the trail. Wear long socks.

The views of the needles were stunning on this hike. Wildflowers, stream crossing and spots to climb rocks on your way up a moderate hike. Lined with wild raspberries, it made it easy to stop and take a look around you. When you get to the trail signs, you are surrounded by granite needles. Meandering is highly recommended.

Beautiful Scenery!

This trail takes a little effort, but is not overly difficult. The views are amazing and there are plenty of opportunities for rock scrambling. Parking is somewhat limited, so the trail does not get overly busy.

Awesome fun trail! Easy!

Trails were a little muddy which was the only trouble I seen while hiking. Would highly recommend hiking this trail some very spectacular views.

Great trail. Hiked with wife and four sons (15, 14, 11, and 8). Kids loved the rock scrambles. Views were amazing the whole way up and down. Seemed longer than 1.6. Sign there says 2.2 round trip. Would have been 5 stars but trailhead was jammed, limited parking. Hiked today, a Tuesday in July.

Beautiful scenery, not quite as crowded as Black Elk Peak. Would definitely go again.

hiking
21 days ago

Great trail. Beautiful Scenery. Not too crowded when we were there in late May. 5, 7, & 9 year olds did great. Our 5 year old never once asked for shoulders and would stop, look around and exclaim, "Mama, it's beautiful!" Highly recommend. And the scenic drive along the Needles Hwy to the trail head is excellent as well!

A little challenging for small children and older adults. Offer ‘s an outstanding views of the black hill country

Nice trail with great views from the outcrop. Creek hopping was fun! Some grasses grow so against the side of the trail and have poison ivy - Watch out!

hiking
28 days ago

Easy to get to. Follows an old road so it’s plenty wide if you have a large group. Great views. Never very busy. Is close to Rapid City if you need a quick outing and want to get out of town.

hiking
29 days ago

Perfect easy trail! Beautiful ending!

great hike - LOTS of poison ivy by the creek though...

Hiked this as a loop with Centennial and really enjoyed it. Lots of wildlife.

Easy trail for small children, but not much of parking area can only fit about 7 vehicles max. The view makes it worth it.

Awesome! Seeing things from the road is great but getting up close and personal is unforgettable.

Great hike not hard ! Short and sweet. Parking was a little hard to find. Rock Climbers were amazing to watch

Hiked today 7-10, temps were high but it was windy enough to stay pleasant. Based on recommendations, we went counterclockwise and agree with the recommendation. There were quite a few ticks on the lower level but with hats and buddy checks we managed it pretty easily. We saw a herd of big horn sheep on the upper portion, they were below us on their own ledge. Very cool hike with spectacular vistas.

took cathedral spires up to black elk peak. AMAZING!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous! The views at the top are amazing and walking by the creek was refreshing after doing so many inclines.

There are many river crossings, all had bridges as of July 2018.

There is a ton of poison ivy down by the creek and you can't avoid it, so wear pants and boots if possible.

Well marked, peaceful

hiking
1 month ago

This is a great easy and has a great view at the end.

No complaints here (bring wipes to wipe your legs down with if you’re wearing shorts/capris)! The hail storm at the end was an added bonus. I think it was a little harder than moderate only due to the fact that I’ve had a joint replaced in my foot recently so it took me longer than planned and I stopped for pictures. Well worth it! If you want the harder stuff first go left.

It was a beautiful loop hike but the 3 of us were covered with ticks when we returned to the parking lot. And we had applied spray.

I really like this hike and only give it a low rating because if the quantity of ticks. Views are beautiful from top and bottom of the canyon. Lots of wildflowers and birds and massive amounts of ticks even with bug repellent.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, some spots were strenuous. Lots of poison ivy by the creek. Not very crowded. We didn’t count, but there are lots of creek crossings. Enjoyed the view at the top.

What a great hike. Challenging, but doable & we are in our mid 60s! Good photo ops, too.

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